Faunal Associates in the Panamanian dry forests
Faunal biodiversity is high within the range of Craugastor talamancae; details are presented herein for one example ecoregion of the range, the Panamanian dry forests, a region significant since it is a biological corridor from the montane forests to the coastal mangroves. Faunal species richness is high in the Panamanian dry forests, as in much of Mesoamerica, with a total of 519 recorded vertebrates alone within the Panamanian dry forests. (World Wildlife Fund) Special status reptiles in the Panamanian dry forests include the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), the Lower Risk/Near Threatened brown wood turtle (Rhinoclemmys annulata), the Lower Risk/Near Threatened common caiman (Caiman crocodilus), the Lower Risk/Near Threatened common slider (Trachemys scripta), and the Critically Endangered leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). There are two special status amphibian in the ecoregion: the Critically endangered plantation Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum) and the Vulnerable Camron mushroom-tongued salamander (Bolitoglossa lignicolor).
Threatened mammals found in the Panamanian dry forests are the: Endangered Central American spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), the Vulnerable giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), the Near Threatened Handley’s tailless bat (Anoura cultrata), the Vulnerable lemurine night monkey (Aotus lemurinus), the Near Threatened margay (Leopardus wiedii), the Near Threatened yellow isthmus rat (Isthmomys flavidus), the Near Threatened white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), and the Near Threatened spectral bat (Vampyrum spectrum). There are two special status bird species occurring in the ecoregion: the Endangered great green macaw (Ara ambiguus) and the Near Threatened olive-sided flycatcher (Contopus cooperi).
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